Anglo-Norman , mortifier Middle French , from mortifier Late Latin ( mortificō “ cause death ”), from Latin ( mors “ death ”) + ( -ficō “ -fy ”). From early latin mortum, morti.
mortify ( third-person singular simple present , mortifies present participle , mortifying simple past and past participle ) mortified
( obsolete , transitive ) To kill. [14th–17th c.]
( obsolete ) To reduce the potency of; to nullify; to deaden, neutralize. [14th–18th c.]
mortified with turpentine. Hakewill
mortified pearls in vinegar.
( obsolete , transitive ) To kill off (living tissue etc.); to make necrotic. [15th–18th c.]
1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, , II.3:
Servius the Grammarian being troubled with the gowt, found no better meanes to be rid of it, than to apply poison to mortifie [transl. his legs. ] tuer To
discipline (one's body, appetites etc.) by suppressing desires; to practise abstinence on. [from 15th c.]
Some people seek sainthood by mortifying the body.
mortified, worn out with tears. Prior
Mortify thy learned lust. Bible, Col. iii. 5
Mortify, therefore, your members which are upon the earth.
( usually used passively ) To embarrass, to humiliate. To injure one's dignity. [from 17th c.]
I was so mortified I could have died right there, instead I fainted, but I swore I'd never let that happen to me again.
: 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity
Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
( obsolete ) To affect with vexation, chagrin, or humiliation; to humble; to depress.
the news of the fatal battle of Worcester, which exceedingly
mortified our expectations Addison
How often is the ambitious man
mortified with the very praises he receives, if they do not rise so high as he thinks they ought!
( Scotland , law , historical ) To grant in mortmain
1876 James Grant, History of the Burgh and Parish Schools of Scotland, Part II, Chapter 14, p.453 ( PDF 2.7 MB):
the schoolmasters of Ayr were paid out of the mills
mortified by Queen Mary
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to discipline by suppressing desires